Today's News

  • Fries building town into fun, welcoming destination

    The recent success of the first-ever LandCare Rocks the River outdoor event in Fries is just one notable example of how the little riverside community has stepped up its level of appeal to tourists and locals alike.

    Organizers expected around 150 people for the LandCare celebration, which was put on to celebrate our many local, natural resources used for livelihood, as well as recreation (the river, the trail, etc.) The final total not only met this goal, but went over by 500 more.

  • Wired Road, Microsoft look at ways to provide rural broadband

    A recent announcement from Microsoft about a new effort to bring broadband internet to rural Americans closely mirrors local initiatives to provide more internet coverage in the Twin Counties.

  • Motorcyclist dies in Carroll crash

    Staff Report

    A man from Ararat died Aug. 1 after police say he tried to elude police on his motorcycle.

    The fatal crash in Carroll County at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday was first handled on scene by Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney, according to a report issued by the Virginia State Police.

    A 2013 Suzuki Motorcycle, driven by Winfred S. Dawson, 31, of Ararat, was traveling south on Wards Gap Road (Route 679). The police report said Dawson refused to stop for a Carroll County deputy and continued on Wards Gap.

  • Carroll deputies respond to 'shots fired' call

    UPDATED 8/4/17

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man was arrested for drug violations and another man faces charges after an incident initially reported as a shooting.

    On Aug. 3 at 9:35 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call of “shots fired with possible multiple victims” near Stone’s Grocery on U.S. 52 North, according to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Galax receives $1.1M for streets, sidewalks

    The City of Galax is getting about $1.1 million in Virginia Department of Transportation grants, which will pay for street and sidewalk improvements.

    City Manager Keith Barker told city council members about the grant awards at their July 10 meeting.

    The first grant, at $294,028, is for sidewalk replacement on MacArthur Street, from Anderson to Swanson streets; the second, at $392,052, is for traffic signal replacement at MacArthur and Swanson streets; and the third, fourth and fifth, totaling $437,210, are for paving on East Stuart Drive.

  • Readers Hotline 8/2/17

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    I’m a graduate of Galax High School. On the issue of the new field house, instead of naming it after Deputy Bartlett, it seems to me like everybody has forgotten about Brandon Billings [who was slain in 2002].

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  • Suspects attempt to escape

    Staff Reports

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included drug and alcohol violations and shoplifting.

    In two of those cases, suspects attempted to escape custody.

    • Ivy Rayne Hollinger, 24, of Galax, was arrested on July 24 by Sgt. Jody Poole and charged with possession of marijuana, felony possession of a controlled substance and carrying concealed weapon.

    Hollinger was charged as a result of a traffic stop.

  • Hillsville cultivates plan for market's future

    July 28 proved popular and exciting for the citizens of Hillsville, as the Hillsville Farmers’ Market celebrated Vision Day.

    The event was held to introduce plans for a permanent farmers’ market structure, which includes a central amphitheater, two bays on either side, and public restrooms along the back.

    The tentative structures would be set up behind the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home, across the street from the market’s current location in Jailhouse Square.

  • Canadian man injured in crash on motorcycle

    A two-vehicle crash on U.S. 58 near Cranberry Road on June 28 at about 9:30 a.m. left one driver with serious injuries, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan.

    A 2011 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by Kenneth G. Jenkins, 64, of Nepaawa, Canada, was pulling out to cross 58 near Cranberry when it struck a 2004 Honda CRV driven by Ronald Gray Boyd, 63, of Meadows of Dan, headed west on 58.

  • Hillsville fire truck involved in accident

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — An accident on Sunday involving a Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department vehicle is under investigation.

    According to a news release issued Monday by Carroll County, on July 30 at approximately 5 p.m., an accident occurred at the fire department involving a piece of firefighting apparatus.

    “The truck was leaving the building when it struck a small wooden structure,” the release said. “Moderate damage resulted to the front end of the truck.”